Honoring Westport Volunteer: Lisa Paolini

Volunteer role: Small critter cuddler, previously front desk assistant

Length of service: 3 years

I started volunteering because…my family adopted our current dog, Chelsea, from CHS in 2007. She brings so much joy to my life, and inspired me to start volunteering!

My favorite part of volunteering is…seeing how much the animals grow from one week to the next. Some bunnies are initially very shy, and watching them come out of their shells and become more trusting is really special.

I know I am making a difference when…the animals go home to loving families.

My advice for new volunteers is…be open to trying new things. I began working with rabbits for the first time during the pandemic last year, and I love them!

I think volunteerism is important because…it is mutually beneficial! Of course, you help others through volunteering, but I think you also learn a lot about yourself and your values, and develop a greater capacity for empathy and compassion.